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Letter to MPs re Long Term Care

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Your LOCAL MEMBER WHO IS NOT A FEDERAL MINISTER [Name of Member], M.P.

FOR A LOCAL MEMBER WHO IS A FEDERAL MINISTER, The Honourable [name], M.P.

House of Commons

Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0A6

Email: first name.second name@parl.gc.ca

Re: Common Standards & Long-Term Care under the Canada Health Act

Dear [Mr./Mrs./Ms. _______] / FOR A LOCAL MEMBER WHO IS A CABINET MINISTER: Dear Minister _____________,

I am expressing my continued grave concerns about the future health and well-being for seniors living in LTC homes.  The COVID-19 pandemic exposed long-standing negligence, inadequate care, and a lack of preparation in many Canadian long-term care (LTC) residences. These deficits resulted in high infection rates among LTC residents and staff and contributed to thousands of preventable deaths.

In the April 19, 2021 budget, the Government of Canada recognized this tragedy and announcement plans to develop the national standards for LTC through 2022 – 2027.  I commend the federal government for a good start on this critical issue.  It is clear, however, that national standards and increased funding need to be directly tied to the overall public provision of high-quality and safe LTC.  Providing this quality care, necessitates the increase of trained staffing, improved working conditions, and proper protective equipment as solutions to prevent further tragedy for the vulnerable.  To be effective, these solutions require strict enforcement, with “arms-length” regulation and firm “strings attached” to federal funding.

Secondly, I implore the federal, provincial, territorial, and Indigenous governments of Canada to incorporate long term care under the Canada Health Act.  This enhanced legislation will create universal, accessible, regulated, respectful, and quality long-term care for the immediate and growing needs of elderly and vulnerable persons in Canada.  Taking this action will ensure all vulnerable Canadians live in safety, comfort, and dignity and have access to high-quality, affordable LTC.

It is unacceptable that nearly 70% of all COVID deaths in Canada have been in LTC facilities, as of March 2021.  As Canada battles a third-wave  and possibly fourth-wave of infections, we urgently need our governments – federal and provincial – to work together to protect the most vulnerable in our communities.

I implore you to work with all levels of government

  • to create universal, accessible, regulated, respectful, and quality long-term care for the immediate and growing needs of elderly and vulnerable persons in Canada by placing long term care under the Canada Health Act.
  • to act on implementing common, strictly-enforceable standards of care for long-term care homes which are regulated by “arms-length” bodies.
  • to call on you to follow through with the remedial actions in the April 2021 budget announcement.

I ask that you ensure your party is committed to protecting the rights, health, and safety of elderly persons and the vulnerable in Canada.

Yours sincerely,

[NAME]  Postal Code—no code no credability

 

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